Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles shoots up by 33.1 per cent in November

BRITS bought 33.1 per cent more alternatively fuelled vehicles in November compared with the same month last year, industry figures revealed today.

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UK demand for electric and hybrid cars increased 33.1% in November

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 8,867 alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) were sold last month, compared with 6,661 in November 2016.

This sees the segment’s overall market share increase from 3.8 per cent to 5.4 per cent.

Despite the rise in demand for electric and hybrid vehicles, though, the UK new car market as a whole experienced its eight consecutive month of decline in November, with registrations down 11.2 per cent compared with the same month last year. This was in part driven by a 30.6 per cent drop in demand for diesel-powered vehicles.

Alex Buttle, director of car buying comparison website, said: “AFV registrations saw another month of double-digit growth, as the electric and hybrid revolution continues to gather pace.

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Overall market share increase from 3.8 per cent to 5.4 per cent

“The government needs to take note, and put its full backing behind AFV progression by offering more incentives for the consumer.

“When it taxed diesels in the Budget, it hit the car industry in one area but didn't go far enough in other areas. AFVs are the future and more needs to be done to encourage car owners to switch.”

RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis added: “We believe drivers need to be offered more incentives to switch into alternatively fuelled vehicles to encourage swifter uptake of the very cleanest vehicles available.”


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